Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the Chairman and a Founder of Spitzberg Partners LLC, a New York-based advisory firm that provides strategic counsel and investment insights on European and international political, economic, diplomatic, technology, and security issues. Spitzberg Partners also invest venture capital in innovative start-up companies.
Mr. zu Guttenberg served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defense in the cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. As youngest Defense Minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding. He was a CSU Member of the German Bundestag during 2002-2011.
He is a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and served as Senior Advisor to the European Commission leadership on global Internet freedom during 2011-2014. He sits on a variety of international corporate and not-for-profit boards.